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Tips, Tricks, and Hints for using RESPITE
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TLD and Domain Blacklists/Whitelists
First, what is a TLD? TLD stands for Top Level Domain ; these are the suffixes to domain names, like '.com', '.org', and '.net' to name a few.
In the Domains Blacklist/Whitelist you can block TLDs. If you receive a mail with an unknown TLD , you can click on the "TLD Reference" link on the bottom of the page. This will bring up a listing of all the geographic top level domains and their corresponding owners.
If, for example, you are getting a lot of spam from Japan (TLD = .jp), and there is no reason for you to get any legitimate mail from Japan, you can use the Domains Blacklist/Whitelist page to block mail from any japan domain.
To do this, simply follow the Domains Blacklist/Whitelist guide, enteringing the TLD into the "Enter a specific domain:" box (without the preceding period - i.e. 'jp' instead of '.jp').
Note that any subdomain takes precedence over its domain. For example, if you had a domain entry 'videogameimports.jp', the settings for that domain would override the settings for 'jp' for that domain only ; likewise rules for 'mail.videogamesimport.jp' would take precedence over rules for 'videogamesimport.jp' or 'jp' for anything from 'mail.videogamesimport.jp'.
You can find the 2 letter country TLDS at http://www.iana.org/cctld/cctld-whois.htm
How can I use RESPITE without having to check online all the time?
If you are an existing user who is sick of checking online every day for spam, or a new user who doesn't like that thought, there are ways of configuring RESPITE so that you don't have to maintain your trap. We call these modes Maintainance-free modes . Under these configurations, no mail will accumulate in your trap, however you will still get the benefits of spam scanning.
How can I tell what is and isn't scanned?
First, go to Scanning: Spam and Viruses and read the Spam (respite.rpi.edu) section. This will lay out the rules which govern what messages are spam scanned and what messages aren't. (It should be noted that all messages are virus and heuristics scanned, as noted further down on that page). If you are curious as to whether a message was spam scanned or not, you can search for the 'X-RPI-SA-Score' header. If the header exists, the message was scanned, with the exception of the 'message too big' value - that means the message exceeded the file size limitation and was not spam scanned. If you need assistance finding the headers of the email, contact the Help Desk Consultants .
I receive mail in foreign languages (with foreign character sets). How can i prevent these from being tagged or held as possible spam?
To offset scores levied by spamassassin for foreign charsets, add two rules to the Custom Rules under Blacklists/Whitelists:
if Header Contains charset= Then add: -3.2
if Header Regexp Matches =\?(.+?)\?.\?.*?\?= Then add: -5.7
Last modified: February 3, 2007
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